Stunning Bronze Ancient Coin of Constantine I The Great Struck 337-340 A.D. 14mm 1.3gm Antioch mint
This is an amazing, interesting and awesome Imperial Roman coin commissioned shortly after the death of Constantine The Great. This particular coin was minted at the Antioch mint, struck 337-340 A.D. it’s always difficult to know how rare an ancient coin is, due to the fact that there are possibly more future discoveries, this is true of any coin. I would say this coin is of slightly uncommon when compared to other similar coins. This piece, struck to honor the life of Constantine The Great (I),who turned out to be a significant emperor, maybe the most significant. It was common during this era to mint coinage to commemorate and honor a dead emperor, even as a deity, especially one as important as Constantine. Now let’s get down to the facts about this coin. Although they are not considered very rare, the coin was only minted for a couple years and many of the surviving examples are well circulated and worn. Our example appears to be in mint state , or just a step lower, with a stunning desert patina. It is very well struck and centered. The artistry involved in making a coin such as this, a coin with great detail, demands the best artist money can buy. This was an important coin. The obverse depicts a magnificent portrait of a Veiled head of Constantine facing right. The reverse, which is sublime, shows Constantine I, the Great, in quadriga (a four horse chariot) riding heavenward right reaching for manus Dei (hand of God) reaching down toward him above; mint mark. Overall, this is the most pleasing example I have ever come across of this coin type. I would consider this an excellent investment grade coin.